Wild Horse Herd’s Resident Mule Disrupts Traffic With Dramatic Nap, Gives Officials Quite a Fright
Raymond the mule strikes again.
As you can probably imagine, Corolla Wild Horse Fund herd manager Meg Puckett doesn't look forward to getting late-night calls from the Currituck County Sheriff's Office. Fortunately, Saturday night's call about a small horse, possibly a foal, lying down in the middle of the south-bound lane of travel on the beach ended not with tears, but with laughter.
"Well, it's not a foal. It's the... jackass," Puckett recalled of the follow-up she received from dispatch after a deputy was sent to check on the scene.
The jackass in question was Raymond, the wild horse herd's only mule who is notorious for his antics.
Here's how the conversation reportedly unfolded from there, according to Puckett's Facebook post.
"Oh my god! Is he dead???" she asked.
The dispatcher started laughing. "No, he just won't get up."
"Does he seem injured?"
"No, they say he looks fine, just won't get up."
Despite horns, sirens, yelling, and even the police dog barking at him, 20-year-old Raymond remained fiercely committed to his nap. "He eventually got up and wandered back across the dunes, completely nonplussed by the commotion, and my nerves," Puckett wrote. "Thanks for the reminder to never let the man get you down (or up, I guess), Raymond. That was a good laugh that we all definitely needed."
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According to The Virginian-Pilot, Raymond is the son of a donkey that once belonged to a petting zoo in Virginia Beach. Many years ago, there were a few local donkeys who bred with a handful of wild mares. Raymond is the only offspring that remains on the Outer Banks, and he's quite the celebrity on Swan Beach.
Though he is sterile, little Raymond has been leading his own harem of mares for more than two decades.
"He's a character, that's for sure," Puckett said.